from 7 reviews
PADI Dive Center
Tasik Ria Resort Manado - Tasik Divers
Jl. Raya Trans Sulawesi
|12th February 2010||recommended but pricey||No|
|8th November 2009||Beautiful, family-oriented dive resort||No|
|18th September 2009||would definitely return||Yes|
|18th September 2009||love it||No|
|16th June 2009||great dive holiday in Tasik Ria Resort in Manado and Bunaken||No|
12th February 2010 by nzchong
recommended but pricey
Visit Date: January 2010
Took a 7 night trip to Tasik Ria, Manado and just about the only thing I did was dive, which was fine by me, but at the end of the the day I was even too tired to venture out to try some local dishes. Anyway the staff were very pleasant and friendly.
Diving is spectacular. Whilst there, I took my Advanced O/W course, seeing as a semi- novice of 37 dives, it was about time. The course is not demanding, but you get to experience some great dives - muck, night, wall, drift and wreck dives. Bunaken is fantastic and the house reef is pretty good also. Our DMs were great and I would recommend the muck diving at Lembeh. Irwan (DM) was really attentive in that he took the trouble to ensure that on each dive we did not dulicate what we had seen on previous dives.
The resort was very picturesque with a very nice, inviting pool with a pool bar (not a big concern to me, but a pleasant view to wake up to). The buffet food, which I ate a lot being a hungry diver on a package which included meals, was decent. Not spectacular but plentiful and tasty enough in that catering to non-spicy palate kind of way. One night they set up a family style meal for a table of six of us and that more local food was great. The managers were engaging and concerned with their standards and the guests experiences there. The owner was taking me to the airport with their dive instructor and stopped to treat me to a delicious local specialty, Nasi Kuning, on the way to the airport after I mentioned regretting not getting to try the local cuisine. I chatted with their head instructor while we waited for our respective flights and he was quite concerned with the dive experience I had during my stay from a quality control perspective. He even bought me a pack of cigarettes when they couldn't take an USD note (muchisimas, Camilo).
On the whole I found Tasik Ria to be great especially through the management's attention to the guests' preferences; very accomodating and helpful throughout. Their attention to detail I found in the management tells me they'll be working to raise the high level of service I found even higher. I found it quite expensive, but I am in general a backpacking hostel traveller, so that may be expected. It was a higher level of comfort than I would typically spring for and TANSTAAFL; you get what you pay for.
8th November 2009 by diversg
Beautiful, family-oriented dive resort
Visit Date: November 2008
Tasik Ria is a land based resort based in Manado. With it's swimming pool and Spa, it is a perfect destination for families, like mine, where not everyone is a diver.
Being land-based (as opposed to island-based), it allows the non-divers to have excursions/shopping trip while the divers get to experience the wonders of the Bunaken national park.
Note:amongst other products, the local market sells some local delicacies: bats and dogs, so be prepared!
The resort also feature an excellent swimming pools and a spa.
The swimming pool also has a pool bar: nice place to unwind at the end of the day.
The resort offers diving initiation for kids in the pool, I find it a nice feature to get the little ones interested in diving.
Meals are buffet style in the opened mezzanine overlooking the pool, very nice and romantic setting!
diving: the trip to bunaken take a little under 1 hr on the dive boats, depending on the destination. On almost every day I was there, we spotted dolphins on the way, they enven decided to play along the boat one day:
Diving is great, the national park is protected, so the reefs are in good condition and there's a lot to see there, from small critters (nudibranch, sea horses etc...) to baracudas, turtles and sharks.
18th September 2009 by petergm32
would definitely return
Visit Date: January 2009
Tasik Ria was our choice for the first week of a two week diving holiday in February 2009.
It might be worth noting that when we stayed there early this year we dived with an outfit called Eco Divers who were based on Tasik Ria. During our stay we learned that Eco Divers were soon moving on to another resort elsewhere on the island and the new outfit taking over and being based on the resort would be Tasik Divers - so I cannot comment on the diving set up as it is now. Having said that, I have a feeling that a number of the Eco Divers staff were staying at Tasik Ria to work with Tasik Divers. We were well looked after by the Eco Divers staff so, if the same staff are now working for the new outfit, I have no reason to believe anything will be different as their attitude and approach to looking after divers seemed very sound - safe diving, clean/good air, our own kit cleaned and set up on the boat, good guide to diver ratio, supportive and patient attitude to less experienced divers who were there as well. -- the resort was quite quiet during our stay and we enjoyed a very high standard of personal service – all of the staff were extremely friendly and met all our needs – on one evening the chef even took me into the kitchen to learn how to cook fried rice properly!
the resort was quite quiet during our stay and we enjoyed a very high standard of personal service – all of the staff were extremely friendly and met all our needs – on one evening the chef even took me into the kitchen to learn how to cook fried rice properly! The resort is well laid out with an abundance of lush tropical vegetation. There are palms, tropical plants and flowers everywhere and plenty of shady areas if that’s what you like
The accommodation was air-conditioned, quite basic but clean and met all our requirements. Even though we were on a diving holiday we still enjoy our luxuries and ‘chill out’ time and the pool (with swim up bar) and relaxing spa helped us pass away the time nicely.
The resort has its own jetty and dive centre which was able to whisk us off to the fabulous Bunaken Island dive sites quickly - sites full off colourful life. The resort has its own house dive site which was quite a contrast – full of bizarre species! The dive centre was well run with friendly, experienced staff that couldn’t do enough for us.
We met some other guests who had visited on a number of occasions previously – what better impression do you get of a place than when see guests returning. We are currently planning our next long haul holidays and are seriously considering a return to this resort – if not this year then at a future date.
Great time was had by us both - thanks
Peter and Jane
18th September 2009 by sunblockisamust
Visit Date: July 2009
Tasik Ria is the perfect place to escape and I have been there several times this year. The dive operators have changed from Eco to Tasik Divers. Tasik Divers are a more flexible outfit as they use a small boat, which is perfect for me, as I love macro diving. They also have the larger boat for Bunaken and they still dive at Lembah and Bangka.
The resort - if you love spas, you must try the Mantana Spa, it is wonderful.
16th June 2009 by frogfish
great dive holiday in Tasik Ria Resort in Manado and Bunaken
Visit Date: April 2009
Comfortable dive resort with great spa and good food.
Normaly dive boats starts at 8:00 am, when you come on Boat you check your things and someone will check if everyone is here. Then you can make yourself comfortable on the uper deck of the dive boat. (Dive boats are vey spacious and with toilet.) There is enough place for everyone to lie down and relax until after 45 min than there is a briefing and they are making groups. After that the first group can get ready. There is always help if you need some, even if you have a back problem they will help you with the jacket and the botle or you can put it on in the water or when you have finished diving put it of in the water, not coming out with the heavy things. They do everything for you, prepare your things you don't have to work just enjoy. Mostly they make groups of 4 to 5 people with 1 dive guide. If you are a photographer they will put you with other photographers so that you have time to make your pictures. Tasik divers are very good, they know the best places and will show you everything. They never get tired and will be pleased to show you all the treasures. And there are a lot of special critters. Mostly small things but these are very special ones. Sometimes there are also big fish like sharks or turtle or baracuda, but big napoleon are very common in Bunaken. After diving when everyone is on boat, (it will be checked) you can get a drink, water, tea, or coffe and a piece of cake are for free. Softdrinks cost. After around an hour briefing again and then they start for the second dive. After the second dive there will be lunch on boat in the cabin. Try place with tables and benches. You get a complete meal with rice meat or fish or vegetarian cost and vegetables and fruits for desert. Mostly they come back to the resort after 2 dive, and there you have the choice staying on boat for another dive or go back to the resort. Or you just wanted to do 1 dive, then start in the afternoon. They try to make things happen if you ask for them. This is for everything you just ask them and they will try to arrange it. The 3 dive is sometimes the housereef or nearby. Even the reefs nearby are great for special things but then is black sand not corals. At around 5:00 pm they come back from the 3 dive and if you like you can do a night dive. Nightdive also nearby and they great. In the night there are often other critters which only comes out at dark. It's worth you do a few night dive even if you are tired.
Also non divers are welcome they can come on the boat for snorkeling.
And, if you are in need of a beauty program or massage you just book in the spa. It's great, I can recommend it, I even liked the ear kandle.
The rooms are very spacius and comfortable and come with TV. Food is also very good, special every 3 days they have seafood buffet.
If you like to do some hiking or other tours like river rafting or highland tours or a tour to the kobold makies or to go diving to Lembeh they can arrange such tours. Lembeh Bitung is the most special for critters but it's muk dive (black sand.)
All in all it was absolutely excellent and if I could I would just go again now.
Rental I can not rate because I have my one things.
And is there a place for pictures to put I couldn't see it?
I did a nitrox course enriched air, that was good, they are very strict with that, thats ok because it is dangerous handling with enriched air.
I am an advanced open water diver with 316 dives now.